UVic gifts Talking Stick to VIU Chancellor Judith Sayers

April 6, 2022
The University of Victoria has gifted a Talking Stick to Vancouver Island University Chancellor Dr Judith Sayers, Cloy-e-iss, to solidify the institutions’ longstanding relationship and reaffirm their commitments to reconciliation. The Talking Stick was carved by William Good who is a Hereditary Chief and Master Carver from Snuneymuxw First Nation. It was commissioned by UVic President Dr Kevin Hall and UVic AVP Indigenous Qwul’sih’yah’maht, Dr Robina Thomas, and gifted to Sayers at a ceremony at VIU that honoured Coast Salish traditions. The carvings include a thunderbird with lightning to honour Sayers’ Nuu-Chah-Nulth heritage, a killer whale to represent Sayers’ journey as chancellor, and a halibut and salmon to represent the richness she brings to VIU. VIU | The Star (BC)